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December 20, 2011
DistrictBuilder is a web-based redistricting tool that lets citizens draw their own maps, publish them online and submit them to redistricting authorities.
White House to open source Data.gov as open government data platform - The new "Data.gov in a box" could empower countries to build their own platforms.Alex Howard
December 5, 2011
A partnership between the United States and India on open government has borne fruit: progress on making the open data platform Data.gov open source. With this step forward, the prospects are brighter for stimulating economic activity, civic utility and accountability under a global open government partnership.
Gov 2.0 enters the mainstream on NPR and the AP - NPR and the Associated Press recently focused on civic apps and other Gov 2.0 topics.By Alex Howard
December 1, 2011
Civic applications recently pushed a bit further into the public's consciousness via a lively discussion on Washington's local NPR station, WAMU, and through an Associated Press article that examined open data and apps.
Strata Week: New open-data initiatives in Canada and the UK - Open data from StatsCan and Whitehall, Dell open sources its Hadoop tool, and what we can learn from old library records.Audrey Watters
December 1, 2011
This week's data news includes open-data initiatives in the U.K. and Canada, the open sourcing of a Hadoop deployment tool by Dell, and a database reveals the circa-1900 reading habits of Muncie, Ind.
International Open Government Data Camp looks to build community - In its second year, the camp's organizers aspire to galvanize more governments to open up their data.By Alex Howard
October 15, 2011
The second International Open Government Data Camp will convene advocates, activists, civic media, citizens and officials to exchange ideas, code and expertise in Warsaw, Poland.
Top Stories: October 3-7, 2011 - Why Oracle's big data move matters, inside PhoneGap, and data drives NYC's quest to become a premiere digital city.Mac Slocum
October 7, 2011
This week on O'Reilly: Edd Dumbill explained why Oracle's Big Data Appliance is both a validation and a sign of battles to come, we dug into PhoneGap's cross-platform app capabilities, and we surveyed New York City's data and open government efforts.
Top Stories: September 5-9, 2011 - Hacking a Texas city, RIP Michael S. Hart, and the bar is raised for open gov visualizations.Mac Slocum
September 9, 2011
This week on O'Reilly: Christopher Groskopf explained how he's going to hack a Texas city, Nat Torkington said goodbye to Project Gutenberg founder Michael S. Hart, and the value of government data visualizations reached a new standard thanks to LookatCook.com.
Government IT's quiet open source evolution - The GOSCON conference shows that open source is making headway in DC.Alex Howard
September 1, 2011
Packed halls at the 2011 Government Open Source Conference (GOSCON) confirmed that strong interest in open source runs throughout the federal IT community.
How to create sustainable open data projects with purpose - Tom Steinberg on making a website vs making a difference.Tom Steinberg
August 30, 2011
Tom Steinberg, head of the UK's civic-hacking non-profit mySociety, uses the launch of the new FixMyTransport to reflect on how organizations can help their open data efforts achieve sustainability.
Social, mapping and mobile data tell the story of Hurricane Irene - Citizens will act as important sensors as a huge storm washes up the East Coast of the United States.By Alex Howard
August 26, 2011
In the information ecosystem of 2011, media, government and citizens alike will play a critical role in sharing information about what's happening in natural disasters, putting open data to work, and providing help to one another.
Top Stories: August 15-19, 2011 - The meat-to-math ratio, Chicago embraces open government, and data science influences social science.Mac Slocum
August 19, 2011
This week on O'Reilly: We learned how smart companies apply the "meat-to-math ratio," Chicago's commitment to open data and open government was explored, and we looked at how data science is shaping social science.
Everyone jumped on the app contest bandwagon. Now what? - The next wave of government app contests need to incorporate sustainability, community, and civic value.Alex Howard
August 19, 2011
Whether developers are asked to participate in app contests, federal challenges, or civic hackathons, it's time for the architects behind these efforts to focus on utility and sustainability.
Opening government, the Chicago way - Chicago looks to use its data, developers and citizens to become a smarter city.Alex Howard
August 17, 2011
Sustainability and analytics are guiding Chicago's open data and app contest efforts. The city's approach offers important insights to governments at all levels.
Energy.gov relaunches using open source and the cloud - Drupal and open source technology power the new Energy.gov.Alex Howard
August 4, 2011
The new Energy.gov, using a combination of open source technology and cloud computing, will save an estimated $10 million annually.Andy Oram
July 31, 2011
The big problems faced by contests and challenges in government apps are encouraging developers to turn their cool apps into sustainable products, and getting the public to use them.
Nebula looks to democratize cloud computing with open source hardware - By combining OpenStack with Facebook's OpenCompute project, Nebula could bring cloud computing to everyone.Alex Howard
July 27, 2011
Newly launched Nebula will combine open source software with open source hardware developed into an appliance. If Nebula succeeds, its "cloud controller" could enable every company to implement cloud computing.
A refresh for open government in British Columbia - British Columbia joins the ranks of governments embracing open gov platforms.By Alex Howard
July 26, 2011
Canadian citizens in the province of British Columbia now have three new websites that focus on open government data, making information related to accountability available, and providing easier access to services and officials.
Open government data to fuel Kenya's app economy - The launch of Open Kenya suggests government as a platform is growing.Alex Howard
July 8, 2011
The government of Kenya has launched Open Kenya, an open data platform, and it's looking to the country's dynamic development community to make useful applications for its citizens.
Data journalism, data tools, and the newsroom stack - The 2011 Knight News Challenge winners illustrate data's ascendance in media and government.Alex Howard
July 5, 2011
The MIT Civic Media conference and 2011 Knight News Challenge winners made it clear that data journalism and data tools will play key roles in the future of media and open government.Andy Oram
June 16, 2011
The good, the bad, and the edgy in open government at Computers, Freedom & Privacy.Andy Oram
June 12, 2011
Report of a day spent with people developing a health-care related app in eight hours.Andy Oram
June 12, 2011
Report of a day spent with people developing a health-care related app in eight hours.Andy Oram
June 10, 2011
A major bash by the Department of Health and Human Services and the Institute of Medicine--together with the NIH, EPA, and others--drew hundreds of people yesterday in Washington, DC to discuss the use of government data in health care. Some of the interesting apps on display, and a look toward next steps.Andy Oram
June 3, 2011
Anyone following policy issues around technological innovation has noticed the power and scope of patents expanding over time. To understand the forces contributing to this, I recommend a thoughtful, readable summary--and highlight the role played by internal documents at the patent office.
Civic Commons taps tech to make government work better and cost less - With a new management team and funding, Civic Commons is poised to make a difference.Alex Howard
June 2, 2011
With a new management team in place and $250,000 in funding from Omidyar Network secured, Civic Commons is poised to help cities share code and make better use of technology.
At the eG8, 20th century ideas clashed with the 21st century economy - The eG8 shows online innovation and freedom of expression still need strong defenders.Alex Howard
May 27, 2011
While the first eG8 Forum in Paris featured hundreds of business and digital luminaries, some of the the policies discussed should be of serious concern to entrepreneurs, activists, media and citizens around the world.
Strata Week: A call for open science data - Science needs to open up, the murky ownership of UK train data, hacking a Texas town.Audrey Watters
May 19, 2011
In the latest Strata Week: London's Royal Society wants scientists need to improve their data sharing habits, UK train data is limited by murky ownership, a man is on a mission to hack a Texas town, and a few suggestions for your summer reading list.
BrightScope liberates financial advisor data - SEC and FINRA data about financial advisors is now indexed by search engines.Alex Howard
May 9, 2011
BrightScope has unlocked government data on financial advisors and made the information publicly available. Now, anyone can research a potential money manager.
A Manhattan Project for online identity - A look at the White House's National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace.Alex Howard
May 4, 2011
The U.S. government's National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace addresses key issues around identity, privacy and security. Implementation, however, will require significant effort and innovation from the private sector.
Open source tools look to make mapping easier - The barrier to entry for mapping is getting lower thanks to new platforms.By Alex Howard
April 26, 2011
Development Seed is creating open source tools with the intent of making mapping easier for organizations and activists. The Node.js framework is playing a big role in that process.
Data News: Week in Review - Tracking data found in iOS 4, crowdsourcing is questioned, and the Senate doesn't get "open data"Audrey Watters
April 21, 2011
In the latest Data News: The tracking data saved in a hidden iOS 4 file causes a stir, the value of crowdsourcing during crisis response is questioned, and the Senate finally releases its financial data ... in PDF.
Open source is mission critical for NASA - The first NASA Open Source Summit highlighted policy and progress.Alex Howard
April 7, 2011
NASA's commitment to open source and its gameplan for open government were discussed at the recent NASA Open Source Summit. Here's a look at the open source issues and opportunities the agency faces.
White House releases IT Dashboard as open source code - The open sourced IT Dashboard can enable greater transparency in any government entity that wants to adopt it.Alex Howard
March 31, 2011
With the open source release of the IT Dashboard, an application that was developed on behalf of government agencies can now be implemented and further customized by other potential government users and developers at the city, state or international level.
Citizensourcing smarter government in New York City - Deputy mayor Steven Goldsmith on crowdsourcing and data.Alex Howard
March 8, 2011
In this interview, New York City deputy mayor Steven Goldsmith talks about how the Big Apple is opening government data and creating new relationships with citizens and civic developers.Andy Oram
February 23, 2011
Commentators tend to treat WikiLeaks as some kind of pure emanation of the Internet, ignoring the vast legal, financial, media, and other systems that make it possible. Second, they either praise or criticize its mission, but rarely ask how it could be improved. For these reasons, I find Daniel Domscheit-Berg's new book, Inside WikiLeaks, an important contribution to current politics.
Phase2 acquires two more Drupal distributions - The top 4 Drupal distributions used by government are now overseen by Phase2 Technology.By Alex Howard
February 22, 2011
Open Atrium and Managing News join OpenPublic and OpenPublish in Phase2 Technology's Drupal distributions.
Broadband availability and speed visualized in new government map - The National Broadband Map has more than 25 million records and incorporates crowdsourced reporting.Alex Howard
February 17, 2011
The new National Broadband Map is one of the largest implementations of open source and open data in government to date.
Parsing open source at the State Department - The fifth Tech@State Conference focuses on the role of open source in government, industry and society.Alex Howard
February 11, 2011
Public officials, technologists and citizens will discuss open source's role in government and society at the Tech@State conference, being held today in Washington, D.C.
Granicus opens government with streaming video - Granicus has built a sustainable business by helping governments get their video online.Alex Howard
February 2, 2011
Over the past decade -- and long before "open government" was a popular topic -- Granicus built a sustainable business as a cloud-based platform for streaming government video.
Social data and geospatial mapping join the crisis response toolset - A new web app applies trend analysis to structured social media.Alex Howard
January 27, 2011
A new web app put to the test during Australia's recent flooding shows how crowdsourced social intelligence can be integrated into crisis response
OpenGovernment.org connects state government to citizens - A new site collects government data and news in a lightweight interface.Alex Howard
January 18, 2011
The just-launched site OpenGovernment.org incorporates open government data with social mentions, news coverage, and other information about pending state-level legislation and regulation.
Civic innovation organizations to watch in 2011 - From Code for America to OpenGovernment.org, 2011 could be transformative for open government.By Alex Howard
January 14, 2011
The growth of citizen engagement platforms in 2010 will continue in 2011. Here's a look at four organizations that will play important roles.
What lies ahead: Gov 2.0 - Tim O'Reilly on open government's next phase and similarities to Web 1.0.By Mac Slocum
December 31, 2010
Tim O'Reilly recently offered his thoughts and predictions for a number of areas we cover here on Radar. In this segment he discusses open government's shift from theory to practice.
2010 Gov 2.0 Year in Review - Here are the themes, moments and achievements in the Gov 2.0 world that made an impact in 2010.By Alex Howard
December 29, 2010
In a year of immense change, the issues that mattered most were the ones that made governments work better or improved the lives of citizens.Alex Howard
December 17, 2010
Energy.gov and all of the websites from the department's program offices will relaunch using Drupal next spring.
Coding the middleware for government data - Max Ogden makes a pitch for more data and better open government patches.By Alex Howard
November 23, 2010
Code for America Fellow Max Ogden's pitch for better "open government middleware" at the first Ignite Gov highlights the complexity of open data, along with the opportunities for civic hackers to co-create smarter government.
Samantha Power on transparency, national security and open government - How open government can have a global impact.By Alex Howard
November 19, 2010
Samantha Power, special assistant to the President for multilateral affairs and human rights, discusses the relationship between open government, technology, human rights and transparency.Andy Oram
November 18, 2010
WEAVE is a visualization tool for public data, to be released in March or shortly before. This blog compares it to other efforts and summarizes some work on upcoming features.
The story of BrightScope: Data drives the innovation economy - BrightScope uses government data to clarify 401(k) plans, and it's making money along the way.Alex Howard
November 18, 2010
The story of Brightscope and 401(k) plan fees is one of the best government data-driven startup case studies in Gov 2.0, but it's not an open government data success story ... yet.
Open government and "next generation democracy" - The pieces are in place and the time is right for government to reinvent itself.By Tim O'Reilly
November 15, 2010
We need to tell the stories of success and failure, of thinking differently, of connecting communities to strengthen bonds, of sharing and coming together to solve problems, and of working on stuff that matters.
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